Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

Natalie came to the station in 2013.  She moved to the Northwoods from Providence, Rhode Island where she worked at Rhode Island Public Radio.  She studied Environmental Studies at Brown University, and learned radio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. 

As Community Features Editor, Natalie spends time reporting, interviewing, and working with volunteer contributors.  She also hosts All Things Considered on Friday afternoons. 

When she's not rushing to and from an interview, she enjoys cooking, eating, playing music, and skiing to survive the winter.

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Declining Populations of Iconic Fish
1:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Scientists Investigate How Walleye Are Faring in Wisconsin Lakes

Populations of adult walleye are declining at an average rate of two percent per year.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Researchers at the Wisconsin DNR are looking for answers as to why walleye populations are declining in the state.

DNR Research Scientist Gretchen Hansen says adult walleye numbers are declining statewide by an average of two percent per year. 

“So there’s a lot of variability.  So in some lakes, populations are going up, but in the majority of lakes populations are going down.  And a lot of that is driven by failed recruitment, so failed reproduction.” 

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Waiting for Federal Action
2:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Two States Battle Over Who Should Pay for U.P. Power Plant

Upper Peninsula electric customers could see a significant rate increase December 1st…if federal regulators don’t intervene. But Michigan utility regulators are looking into a long term plan to upgrade electricity generation in the region. 

Public Service Commissions in Wisconsin and Michigan are tied up in a dispute over who should pay to operate the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette.

It’s a coal-fired plant that Wisconsin Electric wants to retire, but Michigan authorities say it’s needed as a back up to ensure a reliable supply of electricity. 

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Visiting Artist
10:06 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Landscapes of Light and Dark: Swedish Watercolorist Bjorn Bernstrom

Swedish watercolorist Bjorn Bernstrom says he uses lots of pigment to create his landscape paintings.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The watercolor artist Bjorn Bernstrom is well-known in his native Sweden for his landscape paintings.  Yet his style is somewhat different from traditional watercolor methods.   

It’s October when the trees outside are bursting with color, and Bjorn Bernstrom is painting an early autumn scene of a road curving into bright trees. A circle of students watches with rapt attention as he creates the trees with short stabbing motions of his brush. 

“What’s the difference between the way you paint and traditional watercolor technique?" I ask him.

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Keeping Pace With Strong Sales in 2013
2:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Northern Home Sales Steady in September

Home sales last month were similar to sales last September.  The latest numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show a half a percent increase in September sales for northern Wisconsin.  Meanwhile sales statewide fell slightly by just two tenths of a percentage point. 

Economist Dave Clark says it’s good news that the market is keeping up with last year’s strong sales. 

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Trails Could Link Up With Others
2:10 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Eagle River Considers ATVs Downtown

ATVs are sometimes controversial because of complaints about noise and safety, but others say they're a great tourism driver.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River is looking into a plan to allow ATVs on some downtown streets.

Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says a committee is figuring out a proposal that would detail specific routes.

“At this point no decisions have been made except coming up with a plan for it, and at that point people will have something to vote on.” 

The town of Lincoln is also looking into allowing ATVs on town roads.  

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Fieldwork Done For Now
10:56 am
Mon October 20, 2014

DNR Says It's Quiet on the GTAC Front

The Wisconsin DNR is waiting for the next move from Gogebic Taconite, now that the company has stopped fieldwork operations for the year.

DNR hydrologist and project lead Larry Lynch says activity on the proposed mine site wrapped up last month. 

“They stopped their data collection in regard to surface monitoring, so right now there’s really nothing going on on the site.  They also stopped their road improvement work on one of the access roads.” 

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Looking for Tourism Dollars
10:48 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Casino Could Arrive In Upper Peninsula

An Upper Michigan ski resort is hoping add a hotel and casino to increase business.

Indianhead Mountain Ski Resort wants to work with the Lac Vieux Desert tribe to operate a conference center and casino about a dozen miles from Ironwood. 

Town of Wakefield Supervisor John Cox thinks it could draw a lot of business to the region.

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Hunt Moving Quickly
10:27 am
Mon October 20, 2014

More Zones Close to Wolf Hunting

Credit Caninest via http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4029/4394675343_2e347e32c6.jpg

A total of four zones will be closed to wolf hunting by the end of the day Monday.

Zone 5 will be the latest to close at 6:30 Monday, as hunters continue to quickly hit harvest quotas in the northern and central parts of the state.

Zones 1, 2 and 4 closed over the weekend.

The wolf harvest quota in Wisconsin’s third wolf hunting season is lower than it’s been in the past.  The statewide limit is 150, and more than half that number of wolves have already been taken.

The wolf hunt began on Wednesday.

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Just Four Days Into the Hunt
6:25 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Wolf Hunting Zone 2 Set to Close

Credit Derek Bakken

Just a few days into the wolf hunting season and one zone is already set to close.

Zone 2 includes Oneida, Vilas and Forest Counties.  It’s expected to meet its quota in a matter of hours and will close at noon tomorrow.

As DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave Macfarland explains, the total quota for Zone 2 is just 15 wolves.    

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Debate Held in Mercer
1:55 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Northern Wisconsin Candidates Voice Support, Skepticism of Mining Project

Local residents packed the hall next to the Mercer Public Library Monday night.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Candidates for northern Wisconsin’s 25th state Senate District and 74th Assembly District sparred this week at a debate held in Mercer. Much of the debate centered around a proposal for an iron mine in the Penokee Range.

Democratic Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland is competing against Republican Dane Deutsch of Rice Lake…for a seat that has long been held by retiring Democratic Senator Bob Jauch.

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